Needed images list (wiki) for existing Wikipedia articles

Many articles on Wikipedia could use an image, but the only corresponding images on iNaturalist lack an appropriate sharing license. If you have a research grade image of one of these taxa, please consider changing the image license to CC0, CC-BY, or CC-BY-SA and noting it here. Then, another volunteer can upload the image to Wikimedia Commons and the image can be featured on Wikipedia (any language).

Another wiki list has also been started for those images not yet represented on Wikimedia Commons and do not have a corresponding Wikipedia article on them created, but are desired for possible future articles on the subject.

Here is a list of a selection of taxa that have research grade images on iNaturalist but no corresponding image on Wikipedia:
Agelaia multipicta - license change requested 28 Mar 2021
Argyrodes fissifrons (Thief Spider) - license change requested 05 Mar 2021
Alcyopis cyanoptera - license change requested 18 Mar 2021
Anomala foraminosa - license change requested 18 Mar 2021
Armoracia sisymbrioides - license change requested 03 Apr 2021
Asiadodis yunnanensis (Chinese Shield Mantis) - license change requested 23 Feb 2021
Bulia similaris (Similar Graphic) - license change requested 04 Apr 2021 (nb. first user refused request)
Buthoscorpio sarasinorum - license change requested 18 Mar 2021
Chilara taylori (Spotted Cusk-Eel) - license change requested 09 Jan 2021, and 27 Mar 2021
Cochylichroa aurorana (Pink-mottled Cochylis)
Compsodes mexicanus
Cycloptera arcuata - license change requested 24 Mar 2021
Cycloptera excellens
Dejongia lobidactylus - license change requested 17 Mar 2021
Dendrobias mandibularis ssp. reductus
Dermanura watsoni - license change requested 22 Mar 2021
Epicaerus lepidotus - license change requested 04 Apr 2021 (nb. first user refused request)
Epicaerus mexicanus
Epidendrum excisum - license change requested 22 Mar 2021
Eucera cordleyi (Cordley’s Long-horned Bee) - license change requested 14 Jan 2021
Eucera hamata (Hooked Long-horned Bee) - license change requested 14 Jan 2021
Eugongylus rufescens (Bar-lipped Sheen-Skink) - license change requested 02 Mar 2021
Halenia pulchella - license change requested 25 Jan 2021
Heterachthes ebenus - license change requested 02 Apr 2021
Heterachthes integripennis - license change requested 02 Apr 2021
Heterachthes w-notatus - license change requested 02 Apr 2021
Heteromys salvini - license change requested 19 Mar 2021
Hexoplon calligrammum - license change requested 29 Mar 2021
Hexoplon venus - license change requested 22 Mar 2021
Hipponix panamensis (Pacific White Hoof Shell)
Itata completa - license change requested 20 Mar 2021
Lagocheirus obsoletus
Laphria canis - license change requested 01 Apr 2021
Leposoma scincoides - license change requested 05 Apr 2021
Liolaemus stolzmanni (Stolzmann’s Lizard) - license change requested 23 Jan 2021
Microtus-chrotorrhinus (Rock Vole - license change requested 25 Mar 2021
Natula
Nealcidion cuspidatum - license change requested 09 Apr 2021
Nealcidion latum
Nealcidion napoensis
Neocompsa alacris - license change requested 22 Mar 2021
Neocompsa cylindricollis - license change requested 17 Apr 2021
Neocompsa gaumeri - license change requested 15 Apr 2021
Neocompsa intricata - license change requested 31 Mar 2021
Neocompsa mexicana
Neocompsa tenuissima
Neocompsa textilis - license change requested 16 Apr 2021
Neonetus variegatus - license change requested 27 Mar 2021
Neotoma macrotis (Big-eared Woodrat) - license change requested 22 Jan 2021
Ochraethes palmeri - license change requested 15 Apr 2021
Ochraethes tomentosus - license change requested 16 Apr 2021
Ochraethes viridiventris - license change requested 02 Apr 2021
Odo patricius (genus and family page) - license change requested 16 Apr 2021
Ogcocephalus radiatus (Polkadot Batfish) - license change requested 17 Apr 2021
Oncideres angaturama - license change requested 07 Apr 2021
Oncideres colombiana
Oncideres digna - license change requested 17 Apr 2021
Oncideres diringsi - license change requested 17 Apr 2021
Oncideres dorsomaculata
Oncideres fulva - license change requested 21 Mar 2021
Oncideres limpida - license change requested 15 Apr 2021
Oncideres minuta
Oncideres pallifasciata
Oncideres punctata
Oncideres putator
Oncideres rubra
Oncideres scitula
Oncideres sobrina
Oncideres ulcerosa
Palaemnema gigantula - license change requested 09 Apr 2021
Pardosa mackenziana (Mackenzie’s Thin-legged Wolf Spider )
Paraidemona punctata
Paraplotosus butleri (Sailfin Catfish) - license change requested 17 Apr 2021
Plebeia remota - license change requested 09 Apr 2021
Pristoceuthophilus celatus
Pristoceuthophilus cercalis
Protopiophila litigata (Antler Fly) - license change requested 19 Mar 2021
Pselliopus latifasciatus
Pselliopus zebra - license change requested 07 Mar 2021
Pseudopostega cretea - license change requested 18 Mar 2021
Pseudosermyle catalinae (Catalina Walkingstick) - license change requested 18 Mar 2021
Pterolocera amplicornis - license change requested 01 Mar 2021
Quercus elliptica
Quercus magnoliifolia
Quercus urbanii
Rekoa malina - license change requested 22 Mar 2021
Rhipidocladum bartlettii - license change requested 16 Apr 2021 (or other Rhipidocladum spp.)
Spondias radlkoferi - license change requested 02 Apr 2021
Staphylea occidentalis
Stenoptilodes brevipennis
Stenoptilodes sematodactyla
Sturnira ludovici (Highland Yellow-shouldered Bat) - license change requested 22 Mar 2021
Thoracibidion buquetii
Thoracibidion striatocolle - license change requested 24 Mar 2021
Tillandsia elongata - license change requested 07 Apr 2021
Tillandsia macrochlamys
Tortyra auriferalis - license change requested 07 Mar 2021
Tropidion personatum - license change requested 07 Mar 2021
Turdoides leucopygia (White-rumped Babbler) - need image of live bird to replace one of museum skin
Tylomys nudicaudus - license change requested 09 Nov 2020, and 27 Mar 2021
Vexillum adamsi - license change requested 10 Jan 2021, and 27 Mar 2021

Tortyra argentifascia - neither of the two RG images currently available appears to be definitive according to user:coronadogim.

Bibundia hermanni - license change request refused
Bulia mexicana - license change request refused
Pristoceuthophilus arizonae - the only RG image is by the same user who already refused a different request

Acacia difficilis - license changed 20 Mar 2021 - thanks @ gecko1 ! (nb. first user refused request)
Acanthogilia gloriosa (Baja Phlox) - license changed 01 Feb 2021 - thanks @ joeysantore !
Aethes mymara - license changed 11 Jan 2021 - thanks @ owenstrickland !
Agelaia vicina - license changed 29 Mar 2021 - thanks @ rogeriomachado !
Allopiophila luteata - license changed 20 Mar 2021 - thanks @ renko !
Ambeodontus tristis (Twotoothed Longhorn) - license changed 16 Mar 2021 - thanks @ jtweed !
Ancylis discigerana (Yellow Birch Leaffolder Moth) - license changed 29 Mar 2021 - thanks @ joannerusso !
Angelica tomentosa (Woolly Angelica) - license changed 18 Jan 2021 - thanks @ morganstickrod !
Antrodiaetus pugnax - license changed 05 Feb 2021 - thanks @ thrust_belt !
Apletodon dentatus (Small-headed Clingfish) - license changed 17 Jan 2021 - thanks @ jujurenoult !
Aplidium solidum - license changed 11 Jan 2021 - thanks @ alex_bairstow !
Arytropteris granulithorax - license changed 31 Jan 2021 - thanks @ alexanderr !
Astrotischeria solidagonifoliella - license changed 18 Mar 2021 - thanks @ royaltyler !
Asynapteron glabriolum - license changed 18 Mar 2021 - thanks @ jorgemanchola !
Bulia confirmans - license changed 18 Feb 2021 - thanks @ wayne_fidler !
Californiulus euphanus - license changed 09 Jan 2021 - thanks @ adambryant !
Carabus pedemontanus - license changed 24 Feb 2021 - thanks @ berniedup !
Chordodes formosanus - license changed 13 Apr 2021 - thanks @ bettyshen !
Coeloptera vulpina - license changed 22 Feb 2021 - thanks @ dustaway !
Compsibidion maronicum - license changed 21 Mar 2021 - thanks @ gerryvantonder !
Compsibidion vanum - license changed 19 Mar 2021 - thanks @ pajeu !
Corella willmeriana (Icy Tunicate) - license changed 30 Mar 2021 - thanks @ sitkaconnor !
Crotaphytus reticulatus (Reticulate Collared Lizard) - license changed 29 Mar 2021 - thanks @ neilbalchan ! (nb. second user request, no reply from first user request)
Dolichoderus decollatus - license changed 31 Mar 2021 - thanks @ thierrycordenos !
Diapheromera persimilis (Similar Walkingstick) - license changed 21 Mar 2021 - thanks @ Matt !
Diasporidion duplicatum - license changed 29 Mar 2021 - thanks @jmmaes !
Elaphrus ruscarius - license changed 17 Jan 2021 - thanks @ jeffcramer !
Epicaerus imbricatus - license changed 28 Mar 2021 - thanks @ henry_wallace !
Epilampra maya - license changed 28 Mar 2021 - thanks @ zanskar !
Eucera actuosa - license changed 14 Jan 2021 - thanks @ anudibranchmom !
Eugongylus albofasciolatus (Solomon Island Ground Skink) - license changed 03 Mar 2021 - thanks @ squiresk !
Eutrochium steelei - license changed 18 Mar 2021 - thanks @ annprince52 !
Galaxias divergens (Dwarf Galaxias) - license changed 21 Mar 2021 - thanks @ lisa_bennett !
Gnomibidion fulvipes - license changed 31 Mar 2021 - thanks @ rmodaiane !
Gyrinus gibber - license changed 30 Dec 2020 - thanks @ jeanfrancoisroch !
Heterachthes fraterculus - license changed 02 Apr 2021 - thanks @ oliverkomar !
Heterachthes howdeni - license changed 23 Mar 2021 - thanks @ aztekium_tutor !
Heterachthes plagiatus - license changed 02 Apr 2021 - thanks @ lrubio7 !
Hyperandra excavata - license changed 05 Apr 2021 - thanks @ gernotkunz !
Hypericum thesiifolium - license changed 09 Apr 2021 - thanks @ erickaceae_98 !
Irbisia californica - license changed 14 Apr 2021 - thanks @ michaelwall !
Irbisia sericans - license changed 13 Apr 2021 - thanks @gwark !
Isopedella cana - license changed 16 Mar 2021 - thanks @ npk!
Lacanobia atlantica (Atlantic Arches Moth) - license changed 16 Apr 2021 - thanks @stubirdnb !
Lagocheirus binumeratus - license changed 15 Apr 2021 - thanks @ jmmaes !
Lagocheirus rosaceus - license changed 13 Apr 2021 - thanks @alex_cicindela_guy !
Turbo White-lipped Frog (Leptodactylus poecilochilus) - license changed 13 Apr 2021 - thanks @ jakeschneider00 !
Liarea hochstetteri ssp. carinella - license changed 10 Mar 2021 - thanks @ glycymeris !
Liarea turriculata - license changed 13 Mar 2021 - thanks @ mike68lusk !
Liothula omnivora (Adult Common Bag Moth) - license changed 04 Jan 2021 - thanks @ aniste !
Litoprosopus confligens - license changed 28 Dec 2020 - thanks @ gernotkunz !
Liturgusa krattorum - license changed 01 Apr 2021 - thanks @ jiri_hodecek !
Lychas srilankensis - license changed 08 Apr 2021 - thanks @ sanjaya_kanishka !
Muhlenbergia utilis - license changed 07 Apr 2021 - thanks @ romeyswanson !
Neocompsa chemsaki - license changed 14 Apr 2021 - thanks @ jaico !
Neocompsa sericans - license changed 08 Apr 2021 - thanks @nickbedard !
Neomochtherus willistoni - license changed 28 Jan 2021 - thanks @ chloe_and_trevor !
Neorapana tuberculata - license changed 11 Jan 2021 - thanks @ dpom !
Notoplana australis - license changed 19 Mar 2021 - thanks @ gumnut !
Nymphargus griffithsi (Pepper Glassfrog) - license changed 20 Mar 2021 - thanks @ osoandino !
Ochraethes brevicornis - license changed 18 Apr 2021 - thanks @ mvz-juangonzalezromero !
Ochraethes citrinus - license changed 22 Mar 2021 - thanks @ belemqueuedelapin !
Oncideres albomarginata - license changed 08 Apr 2021 - thanks @kkrockytop !
Oncideres laceyi - license changed 18 Apr 2021 - thanks @ antshrike69 !
Onychohydrus scutellaris - license changed 29 Mar 2021 - thanks @ billelder !
Opsibidion albinum - license changed 12 Apr 2021 - thanks @ tamiranda !
Oxyloma retusum (Blunt Ambersnail) - license changed 24 Dec 2020 - thanks @ marlacoppolino !
Paciocinebrina gracillima (Graceful Rocksnail) - license changed 15 Apr 2021 - thanks @ alex_bairstow !
Palaemnema chiriquita - license changed 01 Apr 2021 - thanks @ dennispaulson !
Palaemnema domina (Desert Shadowdamsel) - license changed 23 Mar 2021 - thanks @ desertharrier !
Paraplotosus albilabris (Whitelip Catfish) - license changed 18 Apr 2021 - thanks @albertkang ! *
Paratriarius adonis - license changed 24 Mar 2021 - thanks @ rogerrittmaster !
Pilophorus laetus - license changed 28 Jan 2021 - thanks @ barbara_thurlow !
Platorish - license changed 01 Mar 2021 - thanks @ ellurasanctuary !
Podabrus conspiratus - license changed 30 Jan 2021 - thanks @ snapshotbirder !
Pteroplatus pulcher - license changed 13 Apr 2021 - thanks @mcclarinj !
Pygmodeon ditelum - license changed 30 Jan 2021 - thanks @ tusee !
Pygmodeon mutabile - license changed 14 Apr 2021 - thanks @ameeds !
Pygmodeon validicorne - license changed 29 Mar 2021 - thanks @ a_meyer !
Rhinella dapsilis (Sharp-nosed Toad) - license changed 20 Mar 2021 - thanks @ dhfischer !
Scelolyperus torquatus - license changed 24 Mar 2021 - thanks @ thomaseverest !
Sigmoria australis - license changed 27 Dec 2020 - thanks @ rmedina !
Stenoptilodes littoralis - license changed 29 Mar 2021 - thanks @ drbh2o !
Terebra vinosa (Lilac Auger) - license changed 18 Apr 2021 - thanks @susanhewitt !
Urocitellus-mollis (Piute Ground Squirrel) - license changed 05 Jan 2021 - thanks @ daver !

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A bit of a question/suggestion for the iNat staff – would it be possible to have an (official?) iNat bot :robot: that comments on users’ observations (i.e. if the species matches a list of target species) to suggest making the image available for contribution through a change of license? Posts like this are great, but unless one’s highly familiar with scientific taxonomy, just posting a list like this isn’t going to connect with a lot of people. Even if I recognize “Quercus” in the list, and think, maybe I have an oak in my observations, it’s a circuitous process. It just won’t connect with a lot of users here.

So far I’ve personally contributed two of my observation photos to Wikipedia & Wikispecies. But that happens through a very different process; I’m curious to know more about the uncommon species that I’ve observed and I turn to Wikipedia & Wikispecies frequently. .

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Hi murphyslab, first off - thank you for sharing your observations and uploading images to Wikimedia projects.

Secondly, although a list of scientific names like this might seem a bit arcane, I don’t expect individual users to view it and recognize species that they may have seen. In fact, for most of these entries, there are only a few, and sometimes only one user, who has recorded these observations. Rather, the purpose of the list is more of a place holder for those who may wish to make a request to the original observers that they might change their license. If I have more time in the future, I may also add the common name (if it exists) for each species and ensure that each entry is linked to its iNat observations page.

I am aware that other iNat users (eg. @josve05a, @cazort, @bouteloua) are also conducting this sort of activity and a wiki such as this page will allow us to better coordinate our efforts.

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Unfortunately, I’m not convinced this format (hand-maintained wiki here) is sustainable: there are about 57,000 plant articles (only!) on en.wikipedia that have been tagged as needing an image. I think a more selective approach might be needed. While I have some doubt as to the overall utility of the en.wikipedia article rating scale, maybe cutting down the list to existing articles of C-class or above, or B-class or above might make it more manageable, and also provide an incentive to upgrade articles before trawling for photographs.

This list is indeed just a start and probably not the best format. Perhaps a spreadsheet on google docs would be a better way to keep it updated than a hand-curated list. Feel free to start such a beast if you have the time.

As far as article quality ratings go, an article is generally required to already have an image in order to attain a C or higher rating. All the rest will be “stubs” and “start” articles. For the 57k plant articles requiring an image, we can reduce that number considerably by the fact that:

  • some of these will already have an image but the talk page project box has not been updated yet (leading it to be counted as “needing an image”)
  • some of these articles will have associated images available (but so far unused) on Wikipedia Commons
  • most of these articles will not have a corresponding research grade observation within iNaturalist (which has a total of 113k species of all plants)
  • some of the remaining observations will already have a permissible sharing license and be able to be uploaded immediately.

The point is not to “trawl for more photographs”, but to request the observers to share an image when theirs is the only research grade image available on either Wikimedia commons or iNaturalist combined.

Illustrations aren’t mentioned in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Content_assessment until B class (they’re optional, though certainly desirable for a taxon). I think it would be difficult to push it past that, although I think I’ve seen fossil taxa make it to FA without an image.

I fired up https://imagechecker.toolforge.org/ and it looks like there’s around 5500 plant articles incorrectly tagged as needing images; of course, there may also be some that need images and aren’t tagged in the project template. My experience is that there’s not a huge amount of low-hanging fruit on Commons in terms of images that could be used in existing articles.

I’m sorry to be a wet blanket, but I’m not sure these wikis on the forum are going to be a very productive approach. The forum presumably attracts a very small fraction of observers; admittedly, these will generally be “power users”, but many of them have also reached conclusive opinions for or against releasing their own images under Wikipedia-usable terms. For those people who are on the fence, the odds of them scrolling through a very long list of taxa and hitting one where they could contribute an RG image seem low.

My suggestion about “C”-class articles or above wasn’t just an arbitrary way to cut down on the list. There’s clearly some resistance to the idea of bulk release of photos in the hopes that some of them might someday be incorporated into a Wikipedia article. Maybe seeing an existing, well-written article would evoke more of a sense of reciprocity?

Illustrations are used as a rating criteria needed for C class by the Wikipedia plants project here.

Again, I do not in any way ever expect a random observer to stumble across this list, review it and decide to change a license on one of their images. That is not its purpose. Rather, it can serve as a common point of coordination for those small number of iNat users who already send requests to iNat users that ask them if they would change their image license in order to improve Wikipedia articles.

Usually a request starts with a small ask, could they release a single image for a Wikipedia article that lacks any images? Once you point out the advantages of sharing the image and that theirs is the only observation of that species on iNaturalist, they often change not only the license for that image, but all their other observations as well.

It is still a time consuming and inefficient process. There is no low hanging fruit among this list. Instead, it is far more productive to trawl through the observations of those users who have already set a default license that allows sharing, which together represent at least 90k species. This list is merely a byproduct of those efforts which can then be used when a particular image is desired.

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